CA DMV Test

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  • 1. 
    It is illegal for a person 21 years of age or older to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is _______ or higher.
    • A. 

      0.08%

    • B. 

      0.10%

    • C. 

      0.05%

  • 2. 
    You must notify DMV within 5 days if you:
    • A. 

      Paint your vehicle a different color

    • B. 

      Are cited for a traffic violation

    • C. 

      Sell or transfer your vehicle

  • 3. 
    When may you legally go around or under a railroad crossing gate?
    • A. 

      Under no circumstances

    • B. 

      When you can see clearly in both directions

    • C. 

      When the warning lights are not flashing

  • 4. 
    When approaching a crosswalk where a blind pedestrian is waiting to cross, you must stop:
    • A. 

      More than five feet from the crosswalk so the pedestrian will not be distracted by the sound of your engine

    • B. 

      At the crosswalk and wait for the pedestrian to cross the street

    • C. 

      At the crosswalk and then tell the pedestrian when to cross the street

  • 5. 
    Which of these statements is true about blind spots?
    • A. 

      You only need to turn and look over your right shoulder for lane changes to the right or left

    • B. 

      Look over your right shoulder for a right lane change and your left shoulder for a left lane change

    • C. 

      Vehicles with two outside mirrors do not have blind spots

  • 6. 
    You must have a written Report of Traffic Accident Occurring in California (SR 1) to DMV when:
    • A. 

      Your vehicle fails a smog test

    • B. 

      You are involved in a collision and there is an injury

    • C. 

      You change your insurance company

  • 7. 
    Which of these statements is true about motorcycles?
    • A. 

      Motorcycles are small and can easily be seen by drivers

    • B. 

      Motorcycles may not share traffic lanes

    • C. 

      Motorcycles should be follows at a 4 second following distance

  • 8. 
    This yellow sign means:
    • A. 

      There is a sharp turn to the right

    • B. 

      Right turn only lane

    • C. 

      Right turn permitted on green arrow only

  • 9. 
    Which of these is the proper way to change lanes?
    • A. 

      Signal, check your mirrors, and then change lanes

    • B. 

      Signal, check your mirrors, and look over your shoulder before changing lanes

    • C. 

      Check your mirrors, look over your shoulder, then change lanes

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      Look ahead toward the left edge of your lane

    • B. 

      Look ahead toward the right edge of your lane

    • C. 

      Look straight ahead in your lane

  • 11. 
    What should you do at an intersection with a flashing yellow signal light?
    • A. 

      Maintain your speed but watch for other vehicles

    • B. 

      Stop before crossing the intersection

    • C. 

      Slow down and cross carefully

  • 12. 
    Two sets of solid double yellow lines spaced two feet or more apart:
    • A. 

      May only be crossed to make a left turn or U-turn

    • B. 

      Should be treated like a solid wall and not be crossed

    • C. 

      May be used to begin or end left-hand turns

  • 13. 
    Safely backing your vehicle includes all of the following except:
    • A. 

      Looking over your right shoulder as you back up

    • B. 

      Checking behind your vehicle before you get in

    • C. 

      Tapping your horn before you back up

  • 14. 
    If your vehicle starts to lose traction because of water on the road (hydroplane), you should:
    • A. 

      Drive at a constant speed to gain better traction

    • B. 

      Apply brakes firmly to prevent your vehicle from sliding

    • C. 

      Slow down gradually and not apply the brakes

  • 15. 
    Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in a residential area is:
    • A. 

      35 mph

    • B. 

      30 mph

    • C. 

      25 mph

  • 16. 
    Smoking inside a vehicle when a person younger than 18 years of age is present is:
    • A. 

      Legal, if it is your child

    • B. 

      Illegal at all times

    • C. 

      Not restricted by law

  • 17. 
    You must yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle by:
    • A. 

      Driving to the right edge of the road and stopping

    • B. 

      Moving to the right lane and driving slowly until it has passed

    • C. 

      Stopping immediately, even if you are in an intersection

  • 18. 
    Which of these statements is true about large trucks?
    • A. 

      They take longer to stop than passenger cars

    • B. 

      They all have air brakes which allow them to stop quickly

    • C. 

      They are more maneuverable than passenger cars

  • 19. 
    If your cell phone rings while you are driving and you do not have a hands-free device, you should:
    • A. 

      Answer the call because it may be an emergency

    • B. 

      Let the call go to voice mail

    • C. 

      Check the incoming number before answering the call

  • 20. 
    An orange-colored sign like this means:
    • A. 

      There is road work ahead

    • B. 

      You must change lanes ahead

    • C. 

      There is detour ahead

  • 21. 
    When can you drive using only your parking lights?
    • A. 

      30 minutes after sunset or 30 minutes before sunrise

    • B. 

      Under no circumstances

    • C. 

      On foggy days when visibility is low

  • 22. 
    U-turns in business districts are:
    • A. 

      Always illegal because they are dangerous

    • B. 

      Legal whenever oncoming vehicles are not a hazard

    • C. 

      Legal only at intersections, unless a sign prohibits them

  • 23. 
    Which way do you turn your front wheels to park downhill next to a curb?
    • A. 

      Into the curb

    • B. 

      Away from the curb

    • C. 

      Parallel to the curn

  • 24. 
    While driving, you should look 10 to 15 seconds ahead of you:
    • A. 

      And focus on the middle of the road

    • B. 

      Because it's a legal requirement

    • C. 

      To see potential hazards early

  • 25. 
    The two-way road you are driving on has a lane marked as shown in the picture. This lane is used:
    • A. 

      To begin or end left turns or start a permitted U-turn

    • B. 

      As a regular driving lane during periods of heavy traffic

    • C. 

      To pass other vehicles that are moving slowly

  • 26. 
    Which statement is true about motorcyclists and motorists?
    • A. 

      Motorcyclists are not allowed to drive faster than other traffic during congested road conditions

    • B. 

      Motorcyclists have the same rights/responsibilities as other motorists

    • C. 

      Motorcycles are heavier than other vehicles and are less affected by wind/rain

  • 27. 
    You are waiting to turn right at a red traffic light. There is a pedestrian on the right side of your vehicle waiting to cross the street you want to enter. Who has the right-of-way when your light turns green?
    • A. 

      The pedestrian has the right-of-way

    • B. 

      You have the right-of-way only if the crosswalk is not marked

    • C. 

      You have the right-of-way because your light is green

  • 28. 
    If you are convicted of driving with an excessive blood alcohol concentration (BAC), you may sentences to serve:
    • A. 

      Up to six months in jail

    • B. 

      Up to twelve months in jail

    • C. 

      No jail time but you must pay a fine of $500

  • 29. 
    This white sign means you:
    • A. 

      May turn left only on a green arrow

    • B. 

      May turn left on a green light when it is safe

    • C. 

      Must wait for the solid green light before you turn left

  • 30. 
    At an uncontrolled intersection where you can't see cross traffic until you are just about to enter the intersection, the speed limit is:
    • A. 

      15 mph

    • B. 

      25 mph

    • C. 

      20 mph

  • 31. 
    There are two traffic lanes in your direction. You are driving in the left lane and many cars are passing you on the right. If a driver behind you wishes to drive faster, you should:
    • A. 

      Stay in your lane so you don't impede traffic flow

    • B. 

      Drive onto the left shoulder to let the other vehicle pass

    • C. 

      Move over into the right lane when it is safe

  • 32. 
    You are driving 55 mph in the far left (fast) lane of a freeway posted for 65 mph. You could be cited for driving too slowly:
    • A. 

      If the road or weather conditions warrant driving this slowly

    • B. 

      If you block the normal and reasonable flow of traffic

    • C. 

      Under no circumstances because it is always safer to drive slower than other traffic

  • 33. 
    A person may legally ride in the back of a pickup truck when:
    • A. 

      The sides of the pickup truck bed are at least 24 inches high

    • B. 

      The back of the pickup truck is covered with a camper shell

    • C. 

      In secured seats and using approved safety belts

  • 34. 
    It is against the law to enter an intersection when:
    • A. 

      You can't get all the way across before the light turns red

    • B. 

      The light is flashing yellow and you didn't stop first

    • C. 

      The light is yellow and you cannot stop safely

  • 35. 
    You should increase the distance between your car and the vehicle ahead when you:
    • A. 

      On the high-beam setting

    • B. 

      So other drivers can see you

    • C. 

      Only when driving on the freeway

  • 36. 
    Do not cross double solid yellow lines in the center of the roadway to:
    • A. 

      Follow a small passenger car

    • B. 

      Are being tailgated by another driver

    • C. 

      Drive slower than the posted speed limit

  • 37. 
    When stopped at railroad tracks with multiple tracks, cross:
    • A. 

      Only when you can see clearly in both directions

    • B. 

      As soon as the train has passed your roadway

    • C. 

      Only when other vehicles begin crossing

  • 38. 
    On a sharp curve, you should use your brakes to slow your vehicle:
    • A. 

      Just after you enter the curve

    • B. 

      During the entire time you drive through the curve

    • C. 

      Before you enter the curve

  • 39. 
    If an oncoming vehicle has started to turn left in front of you:
    • A. 

      Honk your horn to warn the driver and maintain your speed

    • B. 

      Maintain your speed and take your right-of-way

    • C. 

      Slow or use your brakes to prevent a collision

  • 40. 
    When you change lanes or merge with another lane, you:
    • A. 

      Have the right-of-way

    • B. 

      Should first stop and check for cross traffic

    • C. 

      Need at least a four second gap in traffic

  • 41. 
    You want to back out of a parking space. You should always back slowly and look:
    • A. 

      At your rearview mirror as you back up

    • B. 

      At your side mirrors as your back up

    • C. 

      Over your right and left shoulders as you back up

  • 42. 
    If you are involved in a collision, you must exchange with the other person(s) involved, your driver license information and:
    • A. 

      Proof of insurance only

    • B. 

      Proof of insurance and vehicle registration only

    • C. 

      Proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and current address

  • 43. 
    Turn your front wheels toward the curb when you park:
    • A. 

      Facing downhill

    • B. 

      Facing uphill

    • C. 

      On a level road

  • 44. 
    If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above the legal limit:
    • A. 

      You may be fined by the court

    • B. 

      Your breath test result by itself cannot be used to convict you

    • C. 

      Your driver license will automatically be revoked, regardless of your license status

  • 45. 
    When looking ahead of your vehicle while driving, you should:
    • A. 

      Look straight ahead at all times

    • B. 

      Look only at cars ahead of you

    • C. 

      Scan your surroundings

  • 46. 
    You can be fined up to $1,000 and jailed six months if you are cited for:
    • A. 

      Dumping or abandoning an animal on a highway

    • B. 

      Making a U-turn from a center left-turn lane

    • C. 

      Parking in a bicycle lane

  • 47. 
    When is it legal to use a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving?
    • A. 

      When making a call while stopped at a red light

    • B. 

      When making a call for emergency assistance

    • C. 

      Never

  • 48. 
    You are driving on a divided street with multiple lanes in your direction. If you need to make a U-turn, where should you start?
    • A. 

      In the median

    • B. 

      On the shoulder

    • C. 

      In the left lane

  • 49. 
    You should usually drive your vehicle more carefully when you:
    • A. 

      Are near schools, playgrounds, and residential areas

    • B. 

      Pass large trucks on the freeway

    • C. 

      Want to look at a controlled accident scene

  • 50. 
    There is one lane in your direction and he vehicle ahead of you often slows down for no apparent reason. In this situation, you should:
    • A. 

      Speed up to pass the vehicle as soon as possible

    • B. 

      Increase the following distance between you and the other vehicle

    • C. 

      Flash your headlights quickly to alert the other driver

  • 51. 
    This yellow sign means:
    • A. 

      Lanes merge ahead

    • B. 

      Divided highway ahead

    • C. 

      Obstructed roadway ahead

  • 52. 
    Where should you stop your vehicle if there is not crosswalk or limit line?
    • A. 

      Just past the corner

    • B. 

      At the corner

    • C. 

      Twenty feet before the corner

  • 53. 
    You are driving on a five-lane freeway in the lane closest to the center divider. To exit the freeway on the right you should:
    • A. 

      Carefully cross all the lanes at one time

    • B. 

      Change lanes one at a time until you are in the proper lane

    • C. 

      Slow before beginning each lane change

  • 54. 
    You are approaching an intersection. The traffic signal light is flashing red. What should you do?
    • A. 

      Cautiously continue driving through the intersection

    • B. 

      Stop before entering, then proceed when safe

    • C. 

      Stop before entering. Wait for green light before proceeding

  • 55. 
    You see a pedestrian with a white cane at a corner ready to cross the street. The person takes a step back and pulls in his cane. You should:
    • A. 

      Proceed across the street because the person is not ready to cross

    • B. 

      Stop your car a minimum of six feet from the crosswalk and wait for the person to cross the street

    • C. 

      Honk you horn to let the person know when to cross the street

  • 56. 
    Do not cross double solid yellow lines in the center of the roadway to:
    • A. 

      Pass other vehicles

    • B. 

      Make a left turn

    • C. 

      Enter a private driveway

  • 57. 
    Driving slower than other traffic flow tends to:
    • A. 

      Make a collision less likely to happen

    • B. 

      Make a collision more likely to happen

    • C. 

      Not change the chances of having a collision

  • 58. 
    Always look carefully for motorcycles before you make a turn because:
    • A. 

      They must have a full traffic lane

    • B. 

      They always have the right-of-way at intersections

    • C. 

      Their smaller size makes them harder to see

  • 59. 
    You must yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle by:
    • A. 

      Driving as near to the right edge of the road as possible and stopping

    • B. 

      Moving into the right lane and driving slowly until it has passed

    • C. 

      Stopping immediately, even if you are in an intersection

  • 60. 
    Use your high-beam headlights at night:
    • A. 

      As little as possible

    • B. 

      Only on unlighted streets

    • C. 

      Whenever it is legal and safe

  • 61. 
    A school bus has stopped ahead on your side of the road and is flashing its red lights. What should you do?
    • A. 

      Stop first, then proceed when you think it is safe

    • B. 

      Stop as long as the red lights flash

    • C. 

      Stop until all the children have crossed your lane

  • 62. 
    A large truck is driving in the middle of three lanes. You want to pass the large truck. It is best to pass:
    • A. 

      Quickly on the left and move ahead of it

    • B. 

      Very slowly on the left and move ahead of it

    • C. 

      Very quickly on the right and move ahead of it

  • 63. 
    When you are in a dedicated turn lane controlled by a green arrow, which of the following is true?
    • A. 

      All vehicles or pedestrians in the intersection must yield to you

    • B. 

      All oncoming vehicles and pedestrians are stopped by red lights

    • C. 

      You may turn in the arrow's direction without checking traffic

  • 64. 
    This blue sign means parking is allowed:
    • A. 

      Only for persons in wheelchairs

    • B. 

      For disabled persons without a special placard or plate

    • C. 

      Only for disabled persons with a special placard or plate

  • 65. 
    What is the best advice for driving when heavy fog or dust occurs?
    • A. 

      Try not to drive until the conditions improve

    • B. 

      Do not drive too slowly, because other drivers may hit you

    • C. 

      Alternate your low and high beams to improve your vision

  • 66. 
    It is illegal to have a child six years of age or younger unattended in a motor vehicle:
    • A. 

      When the keys are in the ignition

    • B. 

      If the child is accompanied by a 12-year old brother or sister

    • C. 

      On a cold, rainy day and all windows are rolled up

  • 67. 
    When driving near road work zones, you should:
    • A. 

      Slow down to watch the work as you pass

    • B. 

      Decrease your following distance

    • C. 

      Pass the work zone carefully and avoid "rubbernecking"

  • 68. 
    If a driver looks like he or she is going to pull out in front of you, the safest thing to do is:
    • A. 

      Honk your horn and maintain your speed

    • B. 

      Slow or stop your car and use your horn

    • C. 

      Use your horn and swerve into the next lane

  • 69. 
    You park your car at the curb on level two-way street. Before getting out of your car, you should:
    • A. 

      Look for cars or bicycles on the traffic side of your vehicle

    • B. 

      Turn your front wheels toward the curb

    • C. 

      Make sure you are parked at least two feet from the curb

  • 70. 
    If five or more vehicles are following you on a narrow two-lane road:
    • A. 

      Move to the right side of your lane and drive slowly

    • B. 

      Drive into the turnout areas or lanes and let them pass

    • C. 

      Continue driving because you have the right-of-way

  • 71. 
    This yellow sign means:
    • A. 

      Pedestrian sidewalk ahead

    • B. 

      Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way ahead

    • C. 

      There is a pedestrian crossing ahead

  • 72. 
    All children under age six riding in your vehicle must use a child passenger restraint system unless:
    • A. 

      They refuse to use the child passenger restraint system

    • B. 

      A child passenger restraint system is not available

    • C. 

      They weigh 60 pounds or more and wear a safety belt

  • 73. 
    This yellow sign means:
    • A. 

      One-way road widens into two lanes ahead

    • B. 

      Vehicles on this road travel in two directions

    • C. 

      There is a divided highway ahead

  • 74. 
    When sharing a road with a light rail vehicle:
    • A. 

      Never turn in front of an approaching light rail vehicle

    • B. 

      Always pass a light rail vehicle on the right

    • C. 

      Remember they are loud and move slowly like freight trains

  • 75. 
    When parked on a hill, always set your parking brake and:
    • A. 

      Leave your vehicle in neutral

    • B. 

      Keep your front wheels parallel to the road

    • C. 

      Leave your vehicle in gear or the "park" position

  • 76. 
    You are stopped at an intersection. The traffic light just turned green. Should you go immediately?
    • A. 

      Yes, but yield to any vehicle or person still in the intersection

    • B. 

      Yes, or you could be given a ticket for causing gridlock

    • C. 

      No, because you must first wait 5 seconds before proceeding

  • 77. 
    If you approach an intersection without a stop sign or signals, you:
    • A. 

      Should always stop before driving through the intersection

    • B. 

      Must yield the right-of-way to all other vehicles

    • C. 

      Should slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary

  • 78. 
    It is very foggy. You should slow down, turn on your windshield wipers and your:
    • A. 

      High beam lights

    • B. 

      Low beam lights

    • C. 

      Emergency flashers

  • 79. 
    It is a good habit to signal continuously during the last 100 feet before you turn at an intersection:
    • A. 

      Unless you are in a designated turn lane

    • B. 

      Unless your turn is protected by a green arrow

    • C. 

      Even if you do not see any other vehicles around

  • 80. 
    Which of the following is true about safety belts and collisions?
    • A. 

      They are unnecessary if your vehicle is equipped with front and side air bags

    • B. 

      They keep you from being thrown clear to safety, which lowers your chances of surviving collisions

    • C. 

      They increase your chances of survival in most types of collisions

  • 81. 
    Whose responsibility is it to know how your medications affect your driving?
    • A. 

      Your pharmacist's

    • B. 

      Your physician's

    • C. 

      Yours

  • 82. 
    Which of these is a legal U-turn?
    • A. 

      On a divided highway where there is a paved opening for a turn

    • B. 

      150 feet away from a hill or curve

    • C. 

      Over two sets of double yellow lines in the roadway

  • 83. 
    You see a car approaching from the rear. When you check your mirror again to change lanes, you no longer see the car. You should:
    • A. 

      Look over your shoulder to be sure the car isn't in your blind spot

    • B. 

      Turn your signal on and change lanes immediately

    • C. 

      Check your outside mirror to see if the car is in your blind spot

  • 84. 
    Even if you know your vehicle can maneuver a sharp curve at the legal speed limit, you should still slow down because:
    • A. 

      You must legally drive below the speed limit on sharp curves

    • B. 

      The strong inward pull on your vehicle can be dangerous

    • C. 

      There may be a stalled car or collision ahead that you can't see

  • 85. 
    If you approach a curve or the top of a hill and do not have a clear view of the road ahead, you should:
    • A. 

      Pull over and wait for conditions to improve

    • B. 

      Use your high beam lights to be more visible

    • C. 

      Slow down so you can stop if necessary

  • 86. 
    You are driving at night on a dimly lit street and using high beams. You should dim your lights when you are within 500 feet of:
    • A. 

      A vehicle approaching you from behind

    • B. 

      An oncoming vehicle

    • C. 

      A sharp curve or hill

  • 87. 
    You are driving 55 mph on a two-lane highway, one lane in each direction, and want to pass the car ahead of you. To pass safely, you should:
    • A. 

      Wait until solid double yellow lines separate the lanes

    • B. 

      Increase your speed to at least 60 mph

    • C. 

      Have a large enough gap in the oncoming traffic

  • 88. 
    If you are unable to see the road ahead while driving because of heavy fog and your wipers do not help, you should:
    • A. 

      Slow down and continue driving

    • B. 

      Turn on your high beams and continue driving

    • C. 

      Pull of the road completely until visibility improves

  • 89. 
    This red and white sign means:
    • A. 

      You may not enter the road from your direction

    • B. 

      Stop and proceed with caution

    • C. 

      The road ahead is closed to traffic in all directions

  • 90. 
    Allow extra space in front of your vehicle when following a:
    • A. 

      Passenger car

    • B. 

      Station wagon

    • C. 

      Large tour bus

  • 91. 
    If you are towing another vehicle or trailer on a freeway with four lanes in your direction, you may travel in:
    • A. 

      Any of the traffic lanes in your direction

    • B. 

      Either of the two right lanes

    • C. 

      The far right lane only